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Laurent Reiss, UBP
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management December 2, 2010

The trade-off between higher returns and greater liquidity

The growing number of funds of hedge funds on Ucits platforms is in response to calls for greater transparency, liquidity and regulation, but their performance may disappoint some investors, writes Elisa Trovato.

Andreas König, Pioneer Investments
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management December 2, 2010

Putting the currency wars in perspective

The strength of currencies has become a source of tension between some of the world’s biggest economies, especially the US and China, writes Elliot Smither. But how worried should private investors be?

Vin Bhattacharjee, SSGA
From Asset Allocation / ETFs December 2, 2010

Tactical plays boost ETF inflows

Wealth managers are increasingly turning to passively managed portfolios as part of their offering to clients, with ETFs at the core. Ceri Jones reports.

Sandro Naef, Capital Four
From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income October 23, 2010

High yield remains attractive in low return environment

Flows into high yield bonds remain steady as the asset class continues to appeal to investors attracted by improved corporate fundamentals and the promise of low default rates. Ceri Jones reports.

Aniruddha Joshi, Hirco
From Asset Allocation / Alternatives October 23, 2010

Real potential in Indian construction

With huge demand for new housing in India there are plenty of opportunities for those looking to invest in real estate, writes Yuri Bender.

Philip Philippedes, iShares
From Asset Allocation / ETFs October 23, 2010

ETF flexibility put to a multitude of uses

The simplicity and efficiency of exchange traded funds have seen even committed active managers start to utilise them for a range of different purposes, but they are not without their limitations. Ceri Jones reports.

Stéphane Wathier, Société Générale
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management September 27, 2010

A more sophisticated approach to meet multiple objectives

The worse than expected performance of core satellite strategies over recent years has seen the model lose credibility with private clients. Wealth managers are now responding with a range of measures aimed at improving portfolio construction. Ceri Jones reports.

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management September 27, 2010

Location paramount to achieving returns

A region’s economic fundamentals are key when investing in property, a lesson learnt by those with exposure to the asset class who have suffered heavy losses in recent years, writes Elisa Trovato.

Matt Ryan, MFS
From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income September 27, 2010

Developing country debt vehicles entice private investors

Flows into emerging market debt have been steadily increasing,writes Ceri Jones, with institutional investors in particular attracted by strong economic fundamentals and the reduced levels of volatility that bonds offer over equities.

Dr Magne Orgland, Wegelin & Co
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management September 2, 2010

Flexible solutions in asset allocation

Multi-asset funds that combine risk diversification with a total return approach are finding their way into client portfolios, although private banks view them with some scepticism, writes Elisa Trovato.

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